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The Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey & Sark

8 Days & 7 Nights 4 Read 3 reviews
  • An island-hopping walking adventure on Jersey, Guernsey & Sark.
  • Incredible coastlines, pretty ports & shaded lanes with hedges of wildflowers.
  • Sample the traditional fruit loaf with lashings of golden Guernsey butter.
  • The Jersey War Tunnels, a spooky, yet captivating WWII museum.
  • Gardens overflowing with subtropical plants and a glorious array of bird life.
The Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are graced with an intriguing blend of British and French influences and you will walk through a wide array of exquisite landscapes, that inspired the Impressionists. Golden sandy beaches and high cliffs, hidden valleys and woodlands, are all latticed with peaceful trails and history has carved out each island’s own unique character. During World War II these islands were the only parts of British soil to be occupied. The many museums on this topic highlight the fortitude of the islanders, who to this day, still govern themselves.

What To Expect

This tour is an island-hopping adventure full of culture and history (in particular WWII), with intriguing walks through a variety of terrain, such as beaches, cliffs, woodlands and shady lanes. Stay in charming hotels and guest houses in pretty port towns and indulge in the good life, sampling the local gastronomy at breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks and quiet country roads. In Jersey, there are 45 miles of “green lanes” where the maximum speed of traffic is only 15mph and where priority is given to walkers. In Sark, there are no motorised vehicles and in Guernsey, your walk is on the coastal path. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

Navigation

In order to find your way you will need to be able to follow route notes and navigate reading a map. Some of the walks will be waymarked, especially when you walk along either the Jersey or Guernsey Coastal Paths, however this is not always the case. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, detailed 1:25,000 maps and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations provided on this tour are a mix of hand-picked 2* and 3* hotels, and guest houses. We have provided examples of these accommodations, however, those listed are just examples and during busy times we may place you elsewhere. However, if we do reserve a room for you in alternate hotels or guesthouses, they will be of similar or better quality than those listed. Please note that on nights three and four you may also stay in St Brelade’s, not far from St Aubin, if the accommodation there is not available.

Hotel upgrades are available. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Lunch or dinners are not included. On some of the walking days, it will necessary to take a packed lunch, however on most days, a little café, farm shop or pub is never far away. It will be very easy to buy a baguette, fruit, drinks, etc from a local bakery or sandwich shop before you depart if you do wish to take a picnic lunch. Dinners you may eat at your accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels and guest houses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferries (Jersey to Guernsey, Guernsey to Sark round trip)
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to St Helier and from St Peter’s Port
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Private transfers
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

When To Go

Any time of year would be great for walking in this area. We offer this tour in the spring, summer and autumn. Advantages in the spring are the beautiful spring flowers in bloom. Temperatures will probably be at their best in the summer and in the Autumn/Fall it will be nice and peaceful with fewer other tourists.

Getting to the Start

You can get to Jersey by fast ferry or by flying. Jersey Airport is served by a few different airlines, such as Flybe and Easyjet and they fly from varying locations in the UK. The airport is 5 miles away from St Helier, but easily accessible by bus. Bus travel information and schedules are located on the Liberty Bus website. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. You can also take a taxi.

St Helier is also accessible by ferry from either Poole, Portsmouth or Weymouth and from the French mainland in St Malo. Condor Ferries is the operator of these ferries and will find schedules and costs on their website. Upon arrival into the port of St Helier it is only a 5-10 minute walk to the town centre.

Getting from the End

Guernsey Airport is served by three different carriers, Flybe (who fly to numerous UK airports from Guernsey), Aurigny and Blue Islands (flying from Southampton). Guernsey Airport is only a few miles away from St Peter’s Port and there are numerous bus services that will take you there. For more information on schedules please visit the Guernsey Buses website. You can also catch a taxi from your hotel.

It is also possible to get from St Peter’s Port by ferry. Condor Ferries operates to Poole, Portsmouth in the UK and to St Malo in France. There is also a passenger-only ferry to various ports in Normandy during the summer months, operated by Manches Iles Express.

You can walk or take a taxi from your hotel to the port.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

When taking the ferry from Jersey to Guernsey it is required that you take your luggage with you on the ferry. When you arrive in St Peter’s Port you will also need to take your luggage to the first hotel. Therefore we highly recommend that you only bring one medium-sized suitcase in anticipation of this.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in St Helier and overnight Day 2 La Rocque Harbour Loop Walk via Gorey 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Transfer to Jersey War Tunnels. Walk to St Aubin 5 miles / 8 km Day 4 Loop walk via Noirmont Point, Ouaisné and Brelade’s Bay 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Day 5 Transfer by ferry to St Peter Port. Explore Guernsey Day 6 La Rousse Tower to St Peter Port 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Day 7 Ferry to Sark. Sark Circular Walk 4.5 miles / 7.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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